Minolta DiMAGE 7i

Announced Mar 13, 2002 •
5 megapixels | 1.8 screen | 28 – 200 mm (7.1×)
Mitch Evans
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Best camera I've ever owned. I have owned many camera since I sold my Dimage 7i, including the Nikon D90 with a 50mm 1.8. When I look at my old pictures taken with the 7i, I am still amazed at how crisp and clear they are compared to all the others. The lens on this thing is AMAZING!!! Yes it's old, so autofocus is slow and batteries fade fast, but you just can't beat the IQ from this 5MP gem.

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SDPPM
 
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Worst camera I have ever owned, Loved it till batteries went dead, almost instantly, If you have a Jaguar but are out of gas how much use are you going to get out of this camera, anyone want to buy this, $75. I replaced it with a canon and I have never looked back Problems: Batteries, Batteries, How can Sony and Canon give you batteries that wouldn't die and they give you this.

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kookimonsta
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I make a lot of use of the 7fps mode its a great feature for skating/ action shots so u get that perfect moment, or if using a tripod you can overlay the pics. Nice to have adjustable flash Problems: AWFUL image quality. I get digital grain on the sky, even on ISO 100, f8, 1/500! I have not used many others to compare but nothing can be worse. surely. Also, if you just use infinite focus when snapping a landscape, it comes out slightly out of focus. A friend who has the 7Hi complains about ...

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stahlb
 
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Well,lets see...I have owned this camera now for almost 3 years, and while it is awesome for things that are not moving, it does have same major limitations. The zoom is horrible at full extention. The autofocus is slow, and useless in low light. And forget using this for fast action,like air shows and races...the shutter is so slow to respond that by the time you take the picture, you get empty sky. Now, that said, I have not had a problem with battery life, although,I carry four fully ...

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EHartgers
 
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A camera to get used to, especially the auto focus is unreliable. Taking pictures usually requires several tries and being observant before getting the proper result. Especially moving objects (kids, animals etc) are hard to get in focus. The “manual” is just very disappointing. For example: two real meters as input to the camera gives an out of focus. The difficult auto focus is therefore the only proper option. Problems: After two years of intensive usage: the camera “burns” my memory ...

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DJ Barker
 
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Another dead one Problems: As with michaelf, who presumably is a fellow Australia, my 7i lasted about 2000 shots and then the CCD died. The quote to repair mine was $A750! I should say that I was very happy with the camera until one day all it would take were black photos! I've now bought a Canon EOS20D.

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michael f
 
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ME NOT HAPPY. Mine died after only 2 years. When I purchased it, it was a top of the range camera and cost just under $2000 AUD. I took some good pics with it and liked it had a wider angle zoom than most cameras. I was however annoyed upon discovering that you could only use Minolta TTL flashes with it (my fault for not resarching better I guess). Problems: I had taken less than 2000 pics with it and the CCD failed. Minolta tells me it will cost $470 to repair. What a rip off! This is the ...

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alex1966
 
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I bought this around the begining of 2003. It has given me sterling performance having taken in excess of 10k images i only have had one gripe with the cordless flash in that I have to have the on camera flash up. other than that no probs great lens spot on exposure Im now thinking of buying an a200 Problems: just the remote flash

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Image quality is superb, and the zoom range is absolutely perfect for nearly every situation. The digital viewfinder is tricky to use but is very useful as an indicator of how the picture is likely to turn out - especially in manual mode. I don't find it a very intuitive camera to use: the manual is essential reading and is worth printing out for instant reference. Build quality is good and despite its appearance it handles pretty much like a traditional film camera. Focussing seems slow ...

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Nafiganado
 
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Before I had Sony DSC-S70. I was disappointed with image blurring it produced. Then I wanted to buy Sony F717, but despite the reviews, which said its image quality was superb and optics was very sharp images showed other thing: like in S70, images were BLURRY! So, I decided to take Minolta 7i. And the most thing I am impressed with is color producing. Colors are TRUE! No color distortion with red hue on human faces which many other cameras suffer of! Problems: AF seems to be not very good. I ...

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